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19th Century Naturalizations
Posted by: a goodwin (ID *****0533) Date: December 21, 2002 at 17:05:35
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What would be the most likely court of record where someone residing in Keene would have filed naturalization papers between 1875 and 1900?

Bertha Maria Caroline _____ was born in Zurich, Switzerland on 1 May 1875. At some point in her childhood, she met an American couple who were on a European trip.
The husband Lemuel Hayward (b. about 1826, Massachusetts) in 1880 was a broker in Keene, New Hampshire. He had married his wife, the former Martha Adams (b. about 1829, NH) in Keene in 1849. Eventually, the Haywards adopted little Bertha and took her to America. Family tradition has it that the adoption occurred in Zurich.

Bertha married in New Hampshire in 1895 and had four daughters, all of whom are now deceased. The surviving granddaughter seeks to learn more about the birth family of Bertha. Naturalization papers might be a source of data about that birth family.

1920 and 1930 census records disagree with the family tradition, instead suggesting Bertha came to the United States or was naturalized in either 1880 or 1895.
Census records do agree that Bertha was born in Switzerland and that both her parents were born in Switzerland. Oddly enough, the census further indicates that Bertha's mother tongue was English and that her parents (born in Switzerland) spoke English as mother tongue.

Postscript: I am not related to the above subjects. Instead, I am posting this query on behalf of a friend of my mother. I will forward responses to my mother and she will relay them to her friend (who is not computer literate).

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